All Rook Endgames Are Drawn Unless You Lose On Time

Время публикации: 05.10.2014 14:50 | Последнее обновление: 05.10.2014 15:03

Gelfand - Grischuk, round 3: an example of chess tragedy

3 rounds are over in the Baku stage of FIDE Grand Prix. As usual, 2 games out of 6 have been decisive yesterday: apart from Karjakin's win over Dominguez, Gelfand scored a victory against Grischuk and became the sole leader with 2.5/3. Actually, Gelfand has been a difficult opponent for Grischuk lately.

Queen's Indian Defence
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0–0 0–0 7.Re1 Na6 8.Nc3 Ne4 9.Bf4 d6!? 10.Qc2 Nb4 11.Qb3 (perhaps it's not the best square for the queen but it's hard to choose one). 11...Nxc3 12.Qxc3 (if 12.bxc3 then 12...Nc6! followed by ...Na5). 12...c5! 13.e4

13...Nc6?! Probably Black had to make up his mind to 13...g5! 14.Be3 g4 15.Nd2 cxd4 16.Bxd4 Nc6! suggested by Gelfand. After the text move White got stable initiative. 14.d5 (as both noted at the press conference, 14.Rad1!? wasn't too promising because of 14...cxd4 15.Nxd4 Nxd4 16.Rxd4 Qb8!) 14...Bf6 15.Qd2 Gelfand pointed out that 15.dxc6?! was dubious: 15...Bxc3 16.cxb7 Bxe1 17.bxa8Q Bxf2+ 18.Kxf2 Qxa8 19.Bxd6 Qxe4!? However, there is a good alternative: 15.e5!? Nxe5 (if 15...dxe5? 16.dxc6 exf4 then 17.Ne5!) 16.Nxe5. 15...Nd4 16.Nxd4 Bxd4

17.e5! dxe5 The problem for Black is that after 17...Re8 18.dxe6 Bxg2 19.exf7+ Kxf7 White has an intermediate 20.e6+!. 18.Bxe5 Bxe5 19.Rxe5 exd5 20.Rae1 Qd6 21.Re7 Bc6 22.Bxd5 Rad8 23.Rxa7 Bxd5 24.Qxd5 Qxd5 25.cxd5 Rxd5 26.Rb7 Rd6 27.Re3 g6 28.Rb3 c4 29.R3xb6 Rxb6 30.Rxb6 Ra8 (in case of 30...Rc8 31.a4 c3 32.bxc3 Rxc3 White could advance his a-pawn to a6). 31.a3 c3 32.bxc3 Rxa3 33.Rc6

Both sides played the middlegame in a logical way which has led them to a typical (but complicated) rook ending. Such positions of 3 vs 3 at one side and an extra pawn at the other are often very difficult to assess precisely - whether it is a draw or not. 33...h5 34.h4 Kf8 35.Kg2 Ke7 36.Kf3 Ra2 37.Ke3 Rc2 38.Rc4 Kf8 (38...f6!? - Гельфанд) 39.f3 Ke7 40.Kf4 (Grischuk intended to meet 40.g4 hxg4 41.fxg4 with 41...f5 42.g5 Kd6) 40...Rf2 41.Re4+ Kd6 42.Re3 f6 43.Ke4

According to Gelfand, Black had a wide range of defensive possibilities here. 43...Ra2 (43...Kc5!?) 44.Rd3+ Ke6 45.c4 Rc2 46.Kd4 Kd6 (46...g5!?) 47.f4 Rc1 48.Rf3! Grischuk was afraid (in vain, perhaps) of the following line: 48.Ra3 Rd1+ 49.Kc3 Kc5 50.Ra5+ Kb6 51.Ra8 Rg1. 48...Rd1+ 49.Kc3 Rb1 50.f5 gxf5 (50...g5?! 51.hxg5 fxg5 52.f6 Rb8 53.Kd4! - Gelfand) 51.Rxf5 Ke6

52.Rxh5 The alternatives are 52.Rd5 f5!? (suggested by Grischuk; Gelfand was mainly thinking about 52...Rc1+ 53.Kb4 Rb1+) and 52.Rf3. 52...Rg1 Here the opponents already were in mutual time trouble. 53.Rh8?! (53.c5!? Rxg3+ 54.Kc4 is maybe preferrable) 53...Rxg3+ 54.Kb4 (if 54.Kd4 then 54...Rg4+! to meet 55.Kc5 with 55...f5 - Gelfand) 54...f5 55.h5 Rg7? Strictly speaking, better was 55...f4 56.c5 f3 57.Rf8 Kd5! 58.h6 Rh3 59.Rf6 Ke5! 60.c6 Kxf6 (or 60...Rh4+ 61.Kb3 f2 62.c7 Rh3+) 61.c7 Rxh6 62.c8Q, but Black has to foresee that the endgame after 62...Rh4+! 63.Kc3 Rf4! is drawn. 56.h6 Rf7 57.Re8+? (missing 57.c5! f4 58.c6!, and 58...f3 loses at once because of 59.h7 Kf6 60.c7) 57...Kf6! 58.Re1 f4 59.Kc5 f3 60.Kd6

The position is already a clear draw. However, Grischuk missed only 1 second to reach it by the control move 60...Kg6 and lost on time instead. An example of chess tragedy. 1–0 (Annotated by GM M.Golubev)

Many participants have already spoken disapprovingly about the time control used in the Grand Prix.

After 3 rounds Gelfand is the sole leader with 2.5 points. Caruana, Nakamura and Svidler are half a point behind.

[Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.04"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2748"] [BlackElo "2797"] [ECO "E17"] [Opening "Queen's Indian"] [Variation "old main line, 6.O-O"] [WhiteFideId "2805677"] [BlackFideId "4126025"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Re1 Na6 8. Nc3 Ne4 9. Bf4 d6 10. Qc2 Nb4 11. Qb3 Nxc3 12. Qxc3 c5 13. e4 Nc6 14. d5 Bf6 15. Qd2 Nd4 16. Nxd4 Bxd4 17. e5 dxe5 18. Bxe5 Bxe5 19. Rxe5 exd5 20. Rae1 Qd6 21. Re7 Bc6 22. Bxd5 Rad8 23. Rxa7 Bxd5 24. Qxd5 Qxd5 25. cxd5 Rxd5 26. Rb7 Rd6 27. Re3 g6 28. Rb3 c4 29. R3xb6 Rxb6 30. Rxb6 Ra8 31. a3 c3 32. bxc3 Rxa3 33. Rc6 h5 34. h4 Kf8 35. Kg2 Ke7 36. Kf3 Ra2 37. Ke3 Rc2 38. Rc4 Kf8 39. f3 Ke7 40. Kf4 Rf2 41. Re4+ Kd6 42. Re3 f6 43. Ke4 Ra2 44. Rd3+ Ke6 45. c4 Rc2 46. Kd4 Kd6 47. f4 Rc1 48. Rf3 Rd1+ 49. Kc3 Rb1 50. f5 gxf5 51. Rxf5 Ke6 52. Rxh5 Rg1 53. Rh8 Rxg3+ 54. Kb4 f5 55. h5 Rg7 56. h6 Rf7 57. Re8+ Kf6 58. Re1 f4 59. Kc5 f3 60. Kd6 Kg6 1-0 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.04"] [Round "3.6"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Dominguez Perez, Leinier"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2767"] [BlackElo "2751"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack"] [WhiteFideId "14109603"] [BlackFideId "3503240"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 Nf6 5. O-O O-O 6. c3 c6 7. Nbd2 Bf5 8. Nh4 Be6 9. Qc2 Nbd7 10. f4 Bg4 11. Re1 e6 12. e4 Nxe4 13. Nxe4 dxe4 14. Qxe4 Bf6 15. Nf3 Bxf3 16. Qxf3 Qa5 17. Be3 Nb6 18. Bf2 Rad8 19. g4 Nc4 20. Re2 Nd6 21. h4 h5 22. gxh5 Qxh5 23. Qxh5 gxh5 24. Kh2 Kg7 25. Bf3 Rh8 26. a4 Kf8 27. a5 a6 28. Kh3 Nf5 29. Rd1 Rd7 30. b4 Kg7 31. c4 Nxd4 32. Red2 Rhd8 33. Bxh5 Kf8 34. Bg4 Ke8 35. h5 Nf5 36. Rxd7 Rxd7 37. Rxd7 Kxd7 38. Bxf5 exf5 39. h6 Ke8 40. Bc5 Bh8 41. Kh4 1-0 

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